A hot cup of tea on a cold night is one of the few things that make winter bearable, and it’s made better by the addition of honey, orange and rum.
You could serve this at the end of a big dinner party, but you may want to wait until all your guests have gone home and you don’t need to worry about the kids. If you’re not a fan of rum, you can use brandy, cognac or whiskey instead.
- 1 ounce light rum (not spiced)
- ¾ ounce honey syrup*
- 1 cinnamon stick
- 1 orange peel, squeezed
- 6 ounces hot tea
There’s no need to be fancy about this one. Pour the rum and honey syrup into a teacup. Fold the orange peel in half to squeeze its oils into the cup, and drop it into the cup along with the cinnamon stick. Add a tea bag, and fill the cup with hot water. I like to leave the orange peel and the cinnamon stick in the cup, but you can take them out if you prefer.
*Honey syrup is equal parts honey and water, heated lightly and stirred until it's all completely blended.
This recipe originally appeared in the Atlanta Jewish Times.